Heavy Duty Finger Savers

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Project by Bricofleur posted 03-05-2012 05:18 PM 4451 views 26 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by someone using the eraser end of a pencil to keep his fingers away from the action, I made heavy duty models using 3/4’’ hardwood dowels and a 4-pack of 3/4’’ chair leg rubber tips I purchased at my local hardware store. I keep one at the table saw, one at the radial arm saw, one at the band saw and one at the miter saw station to keep my fingers away from the sharp spinning blades.

Be sure to buy the rubber leg tips, not the vinyl/plastic cheaper type, which would be slipery.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 05:46 PM

Good idea! I’m one of those that reaches for the pencil eraser!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 05:47 PM

Excellent idea.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 06:09 PM

Yes I have used the crutch tip for years so far the rubber is still not cut

-- Grandpaj

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 06:17 PM

Fantastic idea !!! Thanks.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 06:18 PM

Be careful with that pencil around a “saw stop”—Our local High School has one and a person was using it and had it trip the safety on the saw stop table saw—our thoughts were that the graphite in the pencil lead had just enough electrical conductivity to “trip” the safety mechanism

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 06:19 PM


Like Gandpaj I also use the crutch tips which I got for next to nothing off an old pair of crutches either Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 06:47 PM

Good idea!!! I like it!!!

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 06:47 PM

sweet !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 07:41 PM

I was just having a discussion with a friend about how much fun it is to sand our fingers on the wide belt sander when sanding little pieces. Any suggestions? I use the pencil eraser idea for the table saw. I can see this idea has more gripping power.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 07:47 PM

cool idea
thanks for sharing :-)


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#11 posted 03-05-2012 08:07 PM

super simple idea Serge. I have used an eraser on the other end of a pencil also for small things, but, this is also a very gr8 idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 08:19 PM

I just have my kids hold the piece…

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 09:31 PM

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#14 posted 03-05-2012 11:28 PM

Wow, that is a great idea!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#15 posted 03-06-2012 12:07 AM

Thank you all. I’m glad you liked it. It’s all about sharing, right?



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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